The Beverage Applications Program provides technical support to dairy ingredient manufacturers who sell to beverage companies and product development support to beverage manufacturers using dairy ingredients in their finished products. The program is available to help companies understand the functionality of their ingredients in ready to drink and dry mix beverage applications. Our staff provides a strong base of knowledge in the use of milk and whey protein ingredients, as well as non-protein dairy ingredients such as permeate, in all types of beverages. We focus much of our development on dairy based protein enhanced high acid beverages, but we are also able to develop dairy based protein enhanced beverages in the low acid category.

The Center for Dairy Research Beverage Applications Program is the go-to industry resource for technical assistance and product development support related to dairy-based beverages. A full service program, application staff are available to assist U.S. companies with everything from formulation and onsite processing to troubleshooting and education. To learn more, view the video below.


Making Switchel at CDR

The Center for Dairy Research (CDR) and the United States Dairy Export Council recently teamed up to create a protein-rich, cherry-flavored switchel for the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting. The drink combines dairy-based whey protein with tart cherry juice produced in Wisconsin. By adding natural ginger flavor and just a touch of cane sugar for added sweetness, CDR food scientists created a product that contains only 120 calories and a whopping 11 grams of protein per 8 fluid ounces. Check out the video below to see how this unique switchel was created right here on the UW-Madison campus.